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Helvetic Airways Implements the PFB™ Paperless Flight Bag EFB Platform from IFS


IFS (International Flight Support)
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IFS – International Flight Support, the Copenhagen based EFB Software Platform provider, announces that it has signed a contract with Helvetic Airways, the unique Swiss airline based in Zürich, Switzerland covering implementation of the PFB™ Paperless Flight Bag from IFS.  Helvetic Airways operates a fleet consisting of Airbus A319 and Fokker 100 aircraft on their well established European scheduled route network and also operates extensive scheduled charter flights into Northern Africa and the Canary Islands.

“Helvetic Airways selected the comprehensive PFB™ Paperless Flight Bag software solution from IFS because it copes with our current and future demanding operational requirements. The PFB™ will be a cornerstone in our operational set-up and its flexibility secures that we can meet our long term EFB strategy goals”, Mr. Bruno Jans, CEO of Helvetic Airways said.

The first phase of the implementation project started at the end 2013 covering the Fokker 100 fleet.  Helvetic Airways will implement the PFB™ Paperless Flight Bag software in the iPad version as a full Class II-b solution for all-phases-of-flight use.  The project includes the advanced PFB™ Back-Office System which: powers the PFB Platform, centralizes all data flows and controls data import/export to back-end systems and manages all individual deployed EFB units.

”The user-friendly, effective and yet flexible architecture provided by the PFB™ Paperless Flight Bag gives Helvetic Airways the opportunity to bring even more automation into its processes thus reducing workload on flights as well as for ground personnel. Furthermore we are capable to improve lines of communication within our organization resulting in a yet more efficient way of working., Mr. Christian Suhner, IT Projects responsible & F/O said.

The EFB modules selected for first phase are Weight & Balance/eLoadsheet module, Take-Off Performance module based on Navtech data integration, Landing Performance module OFF-line, Electronic Flight Planning with full CrewBriefing and eOFP for electronic fuel, time checks and note functionality, ATC Note Taker module for finger or stylus registration of ATC clearances and ATIS, and full customized Voyage/Journey log reporting module (Pre-flight reporting and Post-flight reporting with electronic sign-off) along with Flight Leg data export to the Chart Viewer.

“IFS is delighted to be selected by Helvetic Airways for this EFB software platform project  and is looking forward to finalizing the implementation of the PFB™ Paperless Flight Bag system together with Helvetic Airways early in 2014.  By selecting the PFB ™ Paperless Flight Bag Helvetic Airways will get a highly customized centralized business intelligence tool which will cover all present and future requirements.  The choice indicates, that IFS offers the right combination of product solutions, advanced technology, seamless integration and the highest cost/benefit levels in the market” says Jens Pisarski, COO of IFS.

Helvetic Airways provides comfortable, safe and direct flights on our Airbus A319 and Fokker 100 fleet to exclusive destinations to which there had previously been no non-stop services from either Zurich or Bern-Belp. Helvetic Airways guests benefit from a high level of travel convenience and comfort, combined with a considerable time saving and an end to the stress of changing planes.  In addition Helvetic Airways operates part of its fleet in a wet lease agreement with Swiss International Airlines.  Also VIP charter operation is another main pillar of this company.  SWISS QUALITY ALL ALONG THE LINE is the credo of Helvetic Airways. And as a Swiss airline, Helvetic Airways are committed to quality and reliability focusing on Non-stop service to exclusive destinations, Fast and easy booking and smooth, quick check-in without queues, Comfortable seats with plenty of legroom and Excellent food and a wide variety of onboard services.

ABOUT IFS (International Flight Support)
IFS – International Flight Support is an innovative and experienced supplier of iPad and Windows 7/8 based EFB Platform solutions aimed exclusively at the aviation industry.  The company was founded in 2001 and has a full decade of operational experience providing in-cockpit calculation solutions to airlines, business aircraft operators and military users. The PFB™ Paperless flight Bag software solution defines a new standard for high quality modular EFB architecture. It was built to achieve complete data integration to any back-end software systems used by the operator while offering a unique degree of customization options that reflects each operator’s preferences.